Happy New Year everyone!
I absolutely LOVE New Year. Not the night itself, obviously- that tends to be pretty unremarkable. I just mean the concept in general. I love the idea of starting afresh, and even though it’s technically just an arbitrary day, it makes me feel like anything is possible. I always set myself a resolution, and I’ve never given it up- for the entirety of 2012 I gave up Chocolate, and I managed it just fine! With that in mind, I have decided to set myself a much larger, and infinitely more life changing set of resolutions this year.
1) Give up Chocolate, Sweets, Cakes, Crisps, Ice Cream and Biscuits.
Basically, all the delicious things that are clearly bad for me. I’ve needed to lose weight for a while, and though I’ve had varying success here and there, I’m determined this year I’m going to do it. So I’m giving all that up, and as a result will be treating myself with yogurt and fruit this year. Mmm…
2) Exercise Every Day
This one was originally ‘run every day’, but being realistic I don’t think this is possible. I went out for a run yesterday, the first day of the month, and even though it went amazingly (more on that below; see point 7!) my hips are in agony this morning, to the point I can barely move. I’m assuming that the excess weight I’m carrying, added to my total lack of running expertise, has resulted in the pain, but I really can’t see myself being able to run today. Instead, I’m going to hit the gym later and go on the stationary bike, then lift some weights. I’m hoping that will give my hips enough of a rest that I’ll be good to run tomorrow. But yes, that’s the goal; even if it’s only a 20 minute weight lifting session, some form of exercise every day. I’m determined to do it!
3) Floss Every Day
I’m so-so with my flossing, but this year I’m determined to step it up. I’ll be using my water-jet flosser every morning, and then proper dental floss every night. In the past, whenever I’ve become militant with my flossing regime it’s resulted in my teeth looking whiter almost immediately, so I’m excited to see the results!
Those are the big 3, the ones I absolutely must do, every single day, without fail. Now onto my ‘semi resolutions’, the ones I’m going to make an effort with but allow myself some slips.
4) No Heat Treating my Hair
The condition of my hair has been getting worse and worse, dry with horrible split ends. I always wrote this off as just my hair type, and yet I was blow-drying and straightening constantly without using heat spray. You could call this willfull ignorance, but I think it has more to do with the fact that I had never really found a shampoo/conditioner that made any difference to my hair, no matter how much I spent, so I figured it was beyond help. Anywho, last year I stumbled upon a (discontinued) conditioner that made my hair INCREDIBLE, and it made me realise the potential it had. As result, this year I’m totally focused on letting it heal up. I’m going to grow it out, use hair masks at least once a week, and most importantly NOT heat treat it. This is going to be pretty tricky, as my hair is that annoying wavy type which either needs curling, straightening or blow drying to make it look nice, but fortunately I stumbled upon a hair wrapping technique that makes it dry naturally, but still straight. As a result, I’m going to endeavour to leave the heat stylers alone this year, unless it’s a dire, utter emergency. Hopefully this will result in my hair ending up like Andrex toilet paper; soft, strong and long!
5) Grow my Nails
Last year I managed to get my nails looking pretty fabulous- that’s a picture of them on the left! Long and gorgeous, and not the norm for me! But then, over about 2 weeks they all broke off. Devastating. Anyway, this year I’m going to attempt to recreate that, and make my nails super long again! I’m keeping hand and nail cream on my desk, and am gonna paint growth polish on every day, if I can.
6) Eat Good Food
This ties in with my diet plan, but also point 7 below. I’m going to attempt to have great food every day- live yogurt, fish, vegetables, lean meats etc; all the things my body needs for ultimate nutrition. I recently watched the documentary ‘Food Matters’, and I really recommend it; even though it should be obvious, it really opened my eyes so much to how important good nutrition is, and the difference it can make. As a result, I’m going to try and eat healthy, clean food as much as I can. I’ll allow myself time off for birthdays, restaurant trips etc, but even then I’m doing to be good, if I can. For example, every Tuesday me and the boyf have a ‘date night’, where we go to a restaurant and then to the cinema. From now on, we’re going to have dinner in Wetherspoons, as Tuesday is steak night, and I’ll be trading steak and chips for steak and salad. Carb free, cavewoman food ftw! As a result, I’m hoping to see not only a change in my weight, but also the signs of a body being fed the right foods!
7) Stick to a Skincare Regime
My skin has started looking iffy over the last few months, mainly due to some random binge eating of bad foods. It’s been lifeless, oily and with sporadic outbreaks, to the point where I was no longer brave enough to go makeup free, something I would usually do a few times a week. I’m hoping the change in diet detailed above will make a difference here, but I’m also planning to step up my skincare. I jump around through lots of different products, and use them on and off, but in the last year I’ve managed to find a few I really love. As a result, I’ve resolved to settle into a proper routine, which I’ll detail in a future post! Basically, though, I’ll be cleansing morning and night, using day and night cream and eye cream as well as a spot clearing toner. I’ve been doing this for a few days, and I’m already seeing results! Win!
8) Eat Superfoods/Supplements
This is directly related to the documentary I watched, and one speaker in particular; David Wolfe. His enthusiasm about superfoods was catching, and I’ve always been a little obsessed with superfoods anyway, just not been consistent with it. On his say, I’ve bought up a few, and I’m going to attempt to have them every day. I’ll detail these more in another post, but I’m already seeing results; a ‘green drink’ (pictured to the left) made of a mix of superfood powders was all I had to eat before my run yesterday, and I cannot tell you the difference it made. I’ve been building up to my new year runs with a few practice ones over the last few months, and even when I had been running regularly, the best I managed was to run the 25 minute time with one 3 minute walking break. Yesterday, however, after not running for 3 weeks and all the Christmas indulgence, I managed to run the whole 25 minutes without stopping. I cannot TELL you how pleased I was. I’m really not a runner (and I should clarify, my running is a steady jog, not proper running), and I’ve always struggled with it, and yet this super juice powdered me though without stopping. This is the first time in my life I’ve ever run that long without a break, and it’s really spurred me on, both with the running and the superfoods. Supplements ftw!
9) Save Money
I make a good wage, but I’m a terrible shopaholic, and as a result I spend it as fast as I get it. This year, however, I’m being realistic about the fact that, with my late twenties approaching, I’ll need to start saving for a house. As a result, I’m resolving to save £1,000 every single month. I’ve already set up a direct debit to take £250 every Friday, and I’ll be cutting back drastically on spending on myself, leaving the remainder for bills, food and other necessities, with the occasional treat. It’ll be tough, but necessary, and I’m really, really gonna try. My future literally depends on it!
10) Use Growth Mascara
I actually have pretty long lashes already, but I’ve managed to stash up 3 different growth mascaras, simply because I don’t like the finish- they’re all a bit clumpy for my taste. This year, though, I’ve decided to burn through them, so I’ll be reaching for growth mascara only until they are all used up, with the side effect that my lashes should get even longer!
11) Take a Picture Every Day
I suppose this would count as a proper resolution, as if I don’t do it everyday it’s kinda pointless, but it’s not as important to me as the others, so I’m ousting it. Basically, I’m gonna try and take a snapshot every day, a memento of my year! Here’s January 1st- my boyfriend having a nap with my kitten!
12) Drink 3 Litres of Water a Day.
I already drink 2 most days, so 3 will be a challenge, but for the sake of my skin, and my diet, I’m gonna give it a shot!
Phew! Quite a list! I’m pretty sure I can do it, though; I’m always best cold turkey, and the New Year gives me an incredible amount of energy to make good changes. I’ll keep my progress reports coming on here, and in the meantime let me know your resolutions; I’d love to hear them! x
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